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Old 11-03-2010, 02:11 PM   #1
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Good Bird Shotgun- Need Help

Hey guys. I am looking at getting a new shotgun. I mainly hunt Ducks, Geese, and smaller stuff like quail, and dove.

So i need a good shotgun that can shot a smaller round (2&3/4, 7&1/2 shot) and also be able to handle a big shell (3&1/2, 2 shot) and the 3&1/2 magnums for the geese.

I just need some good guns to choose from. Also i dont have thousands of dollars to spend haha.

O and semi-auto is preferred but pump is ok also.
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Old 11-03-2010, 02:16 PM   #2
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It's hard to beat an old Remington 870 pump-gun, not the most sexy gun out there, but for the money hard to beat.
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Old 11-03-2010, 02:25 PM   #3
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I'd take a pump over a semi-auto most days of the week. With Semi autos, there is more maintenance to do over time and more things will wear out on it (gaskets, seals, etc) I'm not saying they aren't great guns, but I've always preferred pumps regardless of my target animal. Check out a 870 (3 1/2) magnum as it will eat anything 2 3/4 through 3 1/2. I have a turkey magnum and it's a great, well built gun.
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ya i currently have a itheca model 37 pump. Its a great gun but i am limited on the size shells i can use.
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Old 11-03-2010, 02:36 PM   #5
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ya i currently have a itheca model 37 pump. Its a great gun but i am limited on the size shells i can use.
I have that shotgun also, Model 37 deerslayer. It will only take a 2 3/4 shell. I have no complaints about that gun at all. Since you're looking to shoot waterfowl, you're definitely gonna need a gun that will hold AT LEAST a 3" shell. With the waterfowl shot being steel these days, they don't have the knock-down power of lead shot. (Thank PETA for that) There's a conversion chart for steel vs. lead shot:

http://shotshell.drundel.com/steel.htm
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the new stoger model 3000 is a really nice gun
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:07 PM   #7
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Mossberg 930 waterfowl. Great gun, great price. Wood or synthetic.

http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/view...php?=&p=794471
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As most others have said, a pump may be your best bet if you want to shoot light target loads and heavy mags out of the same gun. For a semi, consider the Winchester SX3. The 3-1/2" model may or may not shoot the 2-3/4" loads reliably after a break-in period. It should at least handle the stiffer 2-3/4" loads like the heavier Win AA loads.

I have a 3" SX3 and love it, but I don't hunt geese.
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cool. I have heard GREAT things about the rem 870. Does that come in either pump or semi? Or just pump. And do you know of any sites that sell used?
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Remington 870 pump

Mossberg 500 or 835 (if you insist on 3 1/2 inch shells) pumps

Benelli Nova pump.

Keep the Model 37, great for lighter shells and loads, especially if you're a southpaw.
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Remington 870 pump

Mossberg 500 or 835 (if you insist on 3 1/2 inch shells) pumps

Benelli Nova pump.

Keep the Model 37, great for lighter shells and loads, especially if you're a southpaw.
cool. I will be keeping the 37. Its a good gun. But i want a good all around gun, and something that will stop a bird dead.

My price range for a gun is as low as possible haha. used or new
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If you have the money, I would suggest the Benelli Super Black Eagle. Semi-auto, all shell sizes and tough as nails. I've hunted with it in snow, mud, dirt, etc conditions with no problems. I've killed pretty much every type of game that flies, walks or crawls with it...

Otherwise, the Nova is a much cheaper, good alternative.

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cool. I will be keeping the 37. Its a good gun. But i want a good all around gun, and something that will stop a bird dead.

My price range for a gun is as low as possible haha. used or new
All of the above are well made, inexpensive and readily available on the used market.
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